Budgeting is a crucial component of any public safety agency and has consequences that can impact an agency’s ability to reduce crime and improve services. This course will provide you with a comprehensive examination of the budget process and introduce innovative strategies for fiscal responsibilities. We will examine a variety of public safety budgets and their specific applications, as well as the budgeting cycle, review and approval processes. You will learn about budgetary needs, including personnel cost(s), staffing levels, pending retirements, associated fringe costs and benefits, operating costs and capital purchase requirements. You will also learn about the importance of community involvement, how to plan for unforeseen emergencies, and other demands.
Oversight and management is another important aspect of budgetary duties. These duties include compiling, review, drafting, submission, implementation, approving expenditures, auditing, revisions, modifications and administrative oversight. We will explore alternative funding sources for budgeting, including grants, cost recovery, volunteer programs, and evaluation of position reclassifications.
As part of this class, you will be required to work in teams to develop and present an agency budget utilizing the information skillsets learned in the content segments of the course.
- Overview of innovative fiscal strategies
- Types of public safety budgets and applications
- Identifying your agency’s budgetary needs
- Budgetary responsibilities and oversight
- Alternative funding sources and strategies
- Developing and presenting your budget
This course is designed and customized for law enforcement, public safety managers and line supervisors, middle managers, administrators or civilian personnel with program or project development, leadership and oversight responsibility.